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GradSci NEWS

Hi there,

This semester is flying by, so we hope you’re keeping up! If you’re feeling overwhelmed or are looking for further support, there are heaps of services available. Visit the Services Finder to find out more.

Also,  just a reminder - please add us ( to your contacts, so we don't end up in your junk box, and you miss out on all the important faculty information and upcoming events.

A lot of things happening about the university and beyond, so make yourself a cup of tea, find a comfy place to recline, and read on!


  • Events
  • Job of the Month
  • Opportunities
  • Sci-Comm 101
  • Services
  • Science in the Media




Burnley 125 Year Celebrations

The University of Melbourne's Burnley campus is celebrating 125 years of continuous horticultural education in 2016, and their major event is the Burnley Festival.

Showcasing the art and science of horticulture, the day will be filled with a wide range of FREE activities for you to enjoy. Highlights include green infrastructure and heritage garden tours, plant sales research seminars, workshops, plant advisory clinics, and more.

Sat 30 April 10-3pm. More info here.

Science Career Conversations: Where in the world can your environmental career take you?

Come and listen to a diverse panel discuss global opportunities within their industries, as well as their own personal career journeys.  Then get the chance to ask your own questions at break-away workshops with your chosen organisation. Event followed by networking and pizza.

Industry representatives from Senvion, Arup, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Beca, World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), and Davies Environmental Group

5:15pm-8pm Mon 18 April
Registrations essential.

What's next? Mapping future opportunities for early candidature graduate researchers

This workshop will give participants the skills and resources to plan for long term success in their research project and possible post-degree academic and non-academic pathways. Suitable for students in the early stages of their Masters by Research or PhD candidature. More info here

11 April or 18 April 10am-5pm


Science and Technology Internship Subject

Need help organising a Science and Technology Internship as part of your studies? Register for these upcoming sessions.

Effective Cover Letter and Resume Writing, Wed 20 April 12-1pm

Effective Interview Preparation, Wed 27 April 12-1pm

SAEX course planning sessions

Interested in studying abroad or going on exchange? Faculty specific course planning sessions are currently being run by Stop 1. They will cover information on limitations to choosing subjects and where to seek help when preparing for your overseas experience. No registrations required.

Tues 19 April 12pm - 1pm and Friday, 6 May 1pm - 2pm.

More info here

Upcoming Counseling and Psychological Services Workshops

Optimising Focus and Attention
No need to register, just turn up! Hollyock Room, Ground Floor Ballieu Library. Tuesday 19 April.

Full list of events here.


Your PhD and beyond: Strategies for Surviving and (Career) Thriving

Hear from Careers Specialist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Natalie Lundsteen, University of Oxford, as she addresses the realities of PhD job-seeking with practical strategies for exploring career options (both in and out of academia), identifying opportunities and selling your unique value to potential clients and employers.

Tues 26 April 5:15pm-7:30pm
Registrations essential

Upcoming GSA training and workshops

Introduction to SPSS Short course: Wed 13 April 2pm

Using Word to tame your thesis Fri 15 April 2pm

Full Semester 1 program available here.

Library Sessions for graduate students

Getting Started: Comprehensive Library Research: for newly-enrolled research higher-degree students or as a refresher.  The session covers finding research databases in your subject area and designing successful search strategies. Wed 4 May 10:30-12pm.

UpSkills EndNote (Windows) Advanced workshop for graduate researchers. Thurs 28 Apr 10am-12pm

UpSkills EndNote (Mac) Advanced workshop for graduate researchersTues 26 Apr 2:30pm-4:30pm 


BioBeers and Bubbles networking event

This event brings together AusBiotech members and non-members in the life sciences, therapeutics, medical tech, food and agriculture biotech sectors.

A great opportunity for University students and staff to share ideas and make new contacts with industry in an informal setting. Supported by the University of Melbourne and Carlton Connect Initiative.

5:30-7:30pm Tues 26 April. Register here.

Public Lecture Series – Women in STEM

Hear from two inspiring women in Physics as they recount their diverse pathways to their current careers in the Finance and Data Science industries, and how Physics led them there. Presenters – Dr Nadine Pesor and Dr Felicity Splatt.

6-7pm Tues 19 April. Register here.

The National Science Quiz

Join Charlie Pickering and his panel of experts including Red Symons, Tanya Ha and Alan Duffy, for live demonstrations and curiosity-provoking questions. It will be 90 minutes of science, maths, and laughs. 

Sun 1 May 3pm at The Spot. More info and bookings here.


Job of the Month


2017 GBS Graduate - IBM Australia

What:  A range of services including customer strategy/experience, enterprise digital transformation, intelligence and analytics, IT and cloud strategy, big data, models and assets.

Who:  Those of you studying a degree / Masters in or studying Information Systems / Technology, Design, Computer Science, Engineering,  Mathematics, and other relevant disciplines or combination of these disciplines.  Minimum credit average.

Remuneration: $67,000

Applications close:  1 July 2016

See Careers Online for this job and many others!




2016 Green Talents award

Submission period for sustainability research award now open. Become a Green Talent, promote your research in Germany and benefit from an exclusive network of excellent green researchers.

Award includes an invitation to the fully funded two-week Science Forum 2016, a fully funded research stay of up to three months, and individual appointments with German experts of your choice.

Applications close May 24.

More info here.

Australia - Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme

This scheme supports exchanges (travel and living expenses) for Australian researchers to collaborate with German researchers on a joint research project.

Applications close on 17 June.

For more information visit the website.


Entrepreneurial Challenge: Falling Walls Lab

Falling Walls Lab Australia will be held on 24 August at the Australian Academy of Science, Canberra. Up to 20 Australian and 5 New Zealand contestants will be invited to each give a three-minute presentation on their research, business model or initiative based on the ‘Which walls will fall next?’ concept.

Successful applicants from Melbourne Uni will be considered for up to $1000 funding towards travel and accommodation costs.

Applications close Mon 23 May.

To apply go here.


Sci-Comm 101


Each month we will feature tips from our very own science communication extraordinaire in the School of Biosciences, Dr Jen Martin. Follow Jen on Twitter @scidocmartin or check out her blog, Espresso Science. 

Tip #2 Drop the jargon

As Einstein said: “Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.” Whether you are talking to scientists from a different field, or to non-scientists, be very aware of the words you choose to use. Don’t use technical language that no-one else understands.

For the full story click here.




Safer Community Program

Recently, a number of students have been the target of robberies around the Parkville campus. Here are some helpful reminders:

  • Don’t leave your valuables lying around
  • Download the free UniSafe app for personal alarms and emergency contacts on campus
  • If you’re worried about your safety, contact the University’s Safer Community Program

Students can also access a free escort security service 24 hours a day on campus.

Catching public transport to uni?

#KnowYourMykiRights is designed to help you know your rights when it comes to Myki fines.

You should always have a valid ticket, however if you believe you’re being fined unjustly, take a moment to visit to make sure you’re being treated fairly.  

Career Express’ Drop-in Service

This drop-in service provides 10 minute consultations where students have the chance to talk about their career queries or get feedback on job applications.

If you attend an appointment and your enquiry needs further time, the careers consultant will make a 1:1 appointment.

Appointments open Monday–Friday 10am–12:00pm & 2:15–4:15pm at Stop 1

Find out more on the web page.


Science in the Media


Extreme Weather Links to Climate Change

Researchers from the School of Earth Sciences, Dr Andrew King and Professor David Karoly, are leading the way in ‘Event Attribution’ research; how human activities can be linked to some extreme weather events and alterations to our climate. 

Drain Scene Investigators

BioSciences and CAPIM staff Vin Pettigrove, Claudette Kellar and Simon Sharp talk about their work using novel probes and samplers to detect sources of pollution in drains and waterways.

Six reasons behind our love of chocolate

Mick Moylan from the School of Chemistry helps to explain our obsession with chocolate. This article describe what exactly chocolate is, how it is made and why we love it so much.


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Until next time we are truly yours,
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